Thanks to Google.
If you ever wanted to improve English skills, now is your chance to shine. Thanks to the latest Google Chrome experiment called Spell Up, learning English is now more fun than it has ever been.
Basically, you talk into a microphone and spell / guess / pronounce various English words that are stacked on top of each another, building a tower that can collapse after you made a mistake. Fortunately, there are achievements and various bonuses that will encourage you to keep stacking and stacking till your eyes bleed out.
Nothing high end yet.
During yesterday’s event in San Francisco, Intel, Google and OEMs (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba) have announced a new lineup of Chromebooks, in shapes, sizes and colors.
ASUS will be releasing two new laptops: the ASUS C200 Chromebook (11-inch) and ASUS C300 Chromebook (13-inch) that are set to replace their currently the number one laptop on Amazon.
Thieves can’t hold their excitement.
Now here is something pretty awesome and convenient. The recently rolled out developer preview build of Chrome OS includes an “Easy Unlock” feature, which will allow you to unlock Chromebook by simply placing your [Android] smartphone nearby.
As of now, it’s disabled by default and enabling does nothing but show a pop-up notification so it’s still work in progress. However, we are pretty excited to see it in action in the coming future.
Just when Google is no longer involved.
Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft has signed a Chrome OS licensing deal with Dell and now it looks like Motorola Solutions is next on the list.
Chromebooks for Business.
With the recent death of Windows XP, it looks like the search giant is trying to gamble on this very fact and has created a special offer for busineness.
April 29 is the date.
If you’ve been dreaming about a tablet running Google’s Chrome OS then April might as well be the month when your dreams do come true.
According to ZDNet, Acer is planning an event at the end of April where the company will reveal all kinds of hardware, including a possible Chrome OS tablet, which so far remains a mystery.
On a scale from one to ten, how excited are you? You can’t pick -1.
The power of cloud.
It looks like the war between Microsoft and Google is about to intensify. According to the latest report, the search giant has partnered with VMware to bring traditional desktop applications to Chromebook machines.
While it’s not a native nor ideal solution, VMware’s Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution will give customers a good enough reason to at least consider getting one.
Spicing things up.
Now here’s an interesting turn of events. While everyone thought that Satay Nadalle was pretty much affirmative for the next CEO, SiliconAngle reports that there is another, external, candidate: Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Chrome and Apps.
He has joined Google in 2004 and has worked on projects Chrome OS, Google Chrome and Google Drive. According to Dave Vellante, the chief analyst at Wikibon, “Microsoft could really move the ball down the field with Sundar Pichai in creating a new open operating system model for cloud, mobile, and social. The market has been looking for a CEO who can balance the role of leading the enterprise transformation while keeping that consumer momentum with xBox and reboot mobile. Pichai is the total package of technology leadership and business acumen.”
Here come the hybrid apps.
It looks like Microsoft and Apple are not the only ones that think about the unification. According to the latest report, Google is working on a toolkit, which will help developers to create Chrome apps for their own Android platform as well as iOS.
The main difference between Android and Chrome apps is that later are built for the web by default and Google is using Apache Cordova (a core of PhoneGap) to accomplish their goals.